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Broncos: Orange crushed again in Super Bowl

The Seahawks made sure this Denver loss in Super Bowl was a blowout, but Denver probably should have wished for a snowout.

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This one’s for the John.

The Denver Broncos’ 43-8 debacle belongs in the bowl with those 27-10, 39-20, 42-10 and 55-10 fiascos.

Sunday night shall live in ignominy, too.

We’ve seen this four times before. Orange crushed, again, this time by Seattle.

This one’s the most excruciating, though.

The difference between the others and Super Bowl No. 48 was the “most prolific offense’’ in NFL history played like the “most offensive team’’ in Super Bowl history in a game regarded as a virtual toss-up.

Until the final play of the third quarter, the Broncos had not scored, but had given up a safety, two field goals, a running touchdown, a passing touchdown, an interception touchdown and a kickoff-return touchdown.

Finally, the Seahawks gave up a meaningless touchdown at quarter’s end.

Too bad the Super Bowl wasn’t a snowout.

Too bad it was a blowout.

The fight should have been called off, mercifully, 12 seconds into the third quarter with the Broncos down, and out, at 29-0.

So, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and executive vice president John Elway did not secure their third Super Bowl victory. Coach John Fox did not collect his $1 million victory bonus. Peyton Manning did not earn his legacy second victory. Cornerback Champ Bailey did not get his first Super Bowl victory.

“At the end of the day, no excuses,’’ Fox said.

At the beginning of the night, the Broncos were brutal.

On the Broncos’ opening offensive play, Manning was doing his usual histrionics when center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball into the end zone. Uh-oh.

Demaryius Thomas said the Broncos “came out ready to play.’’ The Broncos acted like they had never played, or even practiced.

They fumbled, bumbled and crumbled.

Fox said there were “a couple of plays we didn’t execute as well as they did.’’

How about 125 plays?

The offensive, defensive and special-teams game plans must have been written in crayon. Fox and his staff obviously were outcoached, and the Broncos were outplayed.

Manning set a Super Bowl record for pass completions (34). A hollow record. Peyton won everything this season but the one thing he wanted. He played terrible.

What about the running game? What running game — 27 yards on 14 carries? Receivers dropped balls and pulled up on routes or couldn’t escape. A total team mess.

The special teams were horrid. Trindon Holliday fumbled, as always, while Seattle’s Percy Harvin returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown. Denver’s first punt went 29 yards.

“We just didn’t play like we’re capable of,’’ Elway said.

He has been there.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner wasn’t shocked. “They haven’t played a defense that flies around like we do, that hits like we do,” he said.

The Broncos were discombobulated early on, and on and on.

The farce was reminiscent of the Broncos’ Super Bowls in the 1980s.

“They were separate,’’ Elway said.

But very alike.

The Broncos waited 15 years for this?

It was not possible for the Broncos to play any worse.

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